Women's Lax Thumps Tufts

March 25, 2012

The seventh-ranked Middlebury women's lacrosse team finished an impressive weekend with a 16-5 victory at #10 Tufts in a NESCAC game on Sunday afternoon at Bello Field. Senior Elizabeth Garry scored five goals and Lily Nguyen backed a strong defensive effort with six saves in goal.

The Panthers, who won 19-6 at home against Wesleyan yesterday, outscored two conference opponents by a combined total of 35-11 over the weekend. They improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC. Tufts dropped its second straight and is now 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the league.

The visitors got out to a 3-0 lead including two goals by Katie Ritter. Jumbo Lara Kozin set up goals by Kerry Eaton and Gabby Horner making it 3-2, but that's as close as the Jumbos would get. The Panthers finished the half with six unanswered goals to lead 9-2 at intermission. Garry, Michaela Colbert and Margaret Souther tallied two goals apiece during the run.

On Friday, Tufts had erased a 9-3 halftime deficit against Colby before losing 11-10. Today, however, Middlebury was too strong as they scored the first three goals of the second half including two by Garry. That gave the Panthers a 12-2 lead and the game went to running time for the next six-plus minutes.

Tufts showed a hint of momentum when Kozin again assisted a pair of scores by Kelly Hyland and Sterling Champion for a 12-4 score. Middlebury answered with the next three to go up 15-4 and cruise to the victory.

Middlebury's Garry added an assist for a six-point game. Ritter finished with three goals and two assists, while Colbert tallied three times. Liza Herzog was in the middle of an excellent defensive game for the Panthers with four groundballs and four caused turnovers. Hannah Deoul finished with five groundballs. Colbert led the Panthers with three draw controls.

Four assists by Kozin and two goals by Horner led Tufts offensively. Emily Pillemer scooped up five groundballs and caused three turnovers. Eaton recorded four draw controls, while Tess Shapanka finished with seven saves.

Middlebury had advantages of 30-14 in shots and 24-17 in groundballs.

The Jumbos are off until hosting Trinity in NESCAC action next Saturday at noon. Middlebury travels to Colorado this week and plays Colorado College on Wednesday at 4 pm.